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February 2021

Globalist Coffeehouse

Please join like-minded “global thinkers” for a monthly discussion on the major political/economic issues that our world is currently experiencing. Thursday, February 25th, 6:30 -7:30 p.m. This month’s topic will be: “US” in the 21st Century The retrenchment from global leadership over the last few years has caused many to question and possibly reassess U.S. global leadership. With a new administration, what actions can we take to reassert our leadership in the world?  Or, has the country and the world…

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March 2021

Kozmetsky Forum on Developing a Diverse Internship Portfolio

The World Affairs Council of Austin has partnered with the Kozmetsky Center of Excellence in Global Finance at St. Edward’s University to offer a series of Forums on Global Investment, Finance, Emerging Markets and Geopolitical Risk. Our next Forum will focus on Developing a Diverse Internship Portfolio. Carlos Balderas is currently a Global Supply Manager, HUB Coordinator for Tesla. A native of Austin, Texas, Carlos Balderas graduated from St. Edward’s University in 2002 with a degree in Humanities. He served the State of Texas as…

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Promoting US-Japan Exchange during COVID and Beyond

The U.S. Embassy in Japan has invited alumni of the U.S. Department of State programs to apply and participate in a unique 6-day virtual event discussing Japan-U.S. relations and encouraging Japanese students to return to U.S. institutions of education. The delegation, composed of members from education and business sectors, will “visit” three cities during the program: Washington D.C., Austin, and Boston. Beginning at 4pm on Saturday, March 6th, GlobalAustin, along with the World Affairs Council of Austin, is hosting a…

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EU@SXSW Programming

March 16 @ 1:00 PM - March 20 @ 12:00 PM
ONLINE,

The World Affairs Council of Austin is pleased once again be a promotional partner for the European Union programming during SXSW®.   Highlighting European innovation and culture from March 16 through 20, the festival will for the first time be virtual.  Notable speakers include European Commission Executive Vice President Margrethe Vestager; European Commissioner Mariya Gabriel; European Commission Vice President Věra Jourová; Director-General for Research and Innovation Jean-Eric Paquet; Co-Founder and President, Center for Humane Technology Tristan Harris; and Michelle Patron, Senior Director of Sustainability Policy, Microsoft (US).…

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Globalist Coffeehouse on the Future of Currencies

The future of currencies in a digitalized world.   As e-commerce has come to the forefront of how we purchase goods and services, digital currencies such as Bitcoin have risen as a means of exchange for payment. Bitcoin, unlike other currencies, is not regulated, and therefore its value has skyrocketed. Throughout recent history, we have relied on banking institutions to hold our money, but what happens when they are no longer needed? Can we rely on digital currency on the same scale? Banks are ensured;…

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Walter Isaacson: The Code Breaker – Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing and the Future of the Human Race

The World Affairs Council of Austin is pleased to partner with the World Affairs Council of Greater Houston in hosting David Rubenstein in a discussion with Walter Isaacson on his new book, The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing and the Future of the Human Race.  The bestselling author of Leonardo da Vinci and Steve Jobs returns with a gripping account of how Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna and her colleagues launched a revolution that will allow us to cure diseases, fend off viruses,…

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Stavros Lambrinidis, European Union Ambassador to the United States, among Featured Speakers in March

March programs: 2nd at 12:00pm Kozmetsky Forum on Developing a Diverse Internship Portfolio // 3rd at 9:00am UK Fireside Chat with Kunal Khatri, UK’s Deputy HM Trade Commissioner for the USA and Geoffrey Camp, Aerospace and Defense State Director at the Oklahoma Department of Commerce // 3rd at 1:45pm Case Study on Social Entrepreneurship in Latin America use promo code VIP01 // 3rd at 5:00pm Global Perspectives with Richard N. Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations // 6th…

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April 2021

Kozmetsky Forum on Cybersecurity Threats and Challenges

The World Affairs Council of Austin has partnered with the Kozmetsky Center of Excellence in Global Finance at St. Edward’s University to offer a series of Forums on Global Investment, Finance, Emerging Markets and Geopolitical Risk. Our next Forum featuring guest speaker Donovan Blaylock, Research Principal with Sailpoint, will focus on Cybersecurity Threats and Challenges. Donovan Blaylock is a Research Principal for SailPoint Technologies. SailPoint provides Identity and Access Security globally for organizations looking to effectively secure who has access…

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Globalist Coffeehouse on the Quad and its Role in the Indo-Pacific

The Austin World Affairs Council, in association with the San Antonio WAC Young Professionals, will host the Globalist Coffeehouse on Thursday, April 15th, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. The topic is:    The “Quad” and its role in the Indo-Pacific as a counterbalance to China. Recently, the Quad has been in the news. Since 2004 the “Quadrilateral Security Dialogue,” composed of Australia, India, Japan, and the US, has been meeting informally and conducting joint regional military exercises. Now China’s politically motived sanctions…

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UK Fireside Chat on Smart Cities

The World Affairs Council of Austin, Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, and The UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) host a series of fireside chats. Learn from successful entrepreneurs who have successfully expanded their business to the UK. Find out what worked well as they share their lessons and tips on how to make global expansion work for your business. The Fireside chat series is live and interactive; attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions. The series will be…

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